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[brim] /brɪm/
the upper edge of anything hollow; rim; brink:
the brim of a cup.
a projecting edge:
the brim of a hat.
verb (used without object), brimmed, brimming.
to be full to the brim.
verb (used with object), brimmed, brimming.
to fill to the brim.
Origin of brim1
1175-1225; Middle English brimme brink, rim (earlier, shore, bank); apparently akin to Middle High German brem, (German Bräme), Old Norse barmr rim, edge
Related forms
brimless, adjective
brimmingly, adverb
unbrimming, adjective
1. See rim.


[brim] /brɪm/
noun, plural (especially collectively) brim (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) brims.
Southern U.S. bream1 (def 4). Unabridged
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  • It was filled to the brim with precious stones, most of them removed from their settings.

    The Golden Fleece Julian Hawthorne
  • To know that she was rich, that Paul was to be her husband, filled the cup of her desires to the brim.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • Her straw hat was narrow of brim, banded with a black ribbon.

    The Wrong Twin Harry Leon Wilson
  • They brim over with the expressions of a tender and heartfelt love.

  • The two men inclined; Morosine lifted his hat, Ingram touched his brim.

    Rest Harrow Maurice Hewlett
British Dictionary definitions for brim


the upper rim of a vessel: the brim of a cup
a projecting rim or edge: the brim of a hat
the brink or edge of something
verb brims, brimming, brimmed
to fill or be full to the brim: eyes brimming with tears
Derived Forms
brimless, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Middle High German brem, probably from Old Norse barmr; see berm
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Word Origin and History for brim

c.1200, brymme "edge of the sea," of obscure origin, perhaps akin to Old Norse barmr "rim, brim," probably related to German bräme "margin, border, fringe," from PIE *bhrem- "point, spike, edge." (Old English had brim in the sense "sea, surf," but this probably was from the Germanic stem *brem- "to roar, rage.") Extended by 1520s to cups, basins, hats.


"to fill to the brim," 1610s, from brim (n.). Intransitive sense ("be full to the brim") attested from 1818. Related: Brimmed; brimming.

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brim in Medicine

brim (brĭm)
The rim of the upper opening of the pelvis.

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Slang definitions & phrases for brim



A hat: nice brim, Indiana Jones

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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